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VOL. 132 | NO. 69 | Thursday, April 6, 2017

Germantown School Board Approves New School Site

The Germantown school board has approved a contract to buy 38 acres of land at Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike for a new elementary school for 750 children.

Tweet Throws Pall on Lawsons' Departure, Tigers Program

Brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson on Wednesday, April 5, announced their intention to transfer from the University of Memphis basketball program. And while they said all the right things in the initial statement they released, that changed soon afterward.

Award-Winner McCloy Brings Modern Applications to Library System

Keenon McCloy got around to doing the math on her time at City Hall. “I just crossed over 25 years,” said McCloy, director of the Memphis Public Libraries system, a position she has held for 10 years. Before that she was director of the city’s Division of Public Service, head of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center and started as director of the transition office for Memphis Mayor-elect Willie Herenton in 1991, one of four mayors whose administrations she has worked in.

Germantown Town Center Gets First OK

Even as nearby large mixed-use developments like TraVure and Thornwood rise from the ground, a proposed 32-acre town center-style mixed-use development west of Saddle Creek could be Germantown’s most transformative project in recent memory when it’s all said and done.

Last Word: Lawsons Exit, LaRose Lessons and No Medicaid Expansion This Year

The Lawson Brothers exit Tigers basketball seeking a release from the University of Memphis. The statement from Dedric and K.J. Lawson was all sweetness and light and apparently about as sincere as one of those interviews where players and coaches declare that if they will just play hard and put more points on the board than the other team then they should win.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
60.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 56%

EVENTS

The Metal Museum will kick off its 2017 Whet Thursday series April 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can tour the museum and grounds, watch a metalsmithing demonstration, and enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

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Regions Bank Files Permit for Lakeland Branch

Regions Bank has filed an $800,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the construction of a new branch in Lakeland.

LaRose Students Get Protest Primer on King Anniversary

A group of 48 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at LaRose Elementary School made signs and walked a picket line around their school campus Tuesday, April 4, as part of a lesson about protests on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination that drew five Memphis police cars.

Students Focus Of UTHSC Vice Chancellor

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has tapped a 20-year veteran of higher education to be its new associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, a position that carries an expansive portfolio at the school.

Cardinals Conceding Nothing to Anyone in 2017

The Chicago Cubs made history in 2016 by winning the World Series and breaking a 108-year draught. The St. Louis Cardinals made a little minor history by missing the playoffs after getting there five straight years and six of the last seven seasons.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Malco Moving Forward With Downtown Theater

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave., Memphis, TN 38103  -
Malco Theatres’ multimillion-dollar Downtown movie theater has taken another step toward completion.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Bill to Expand Medicaid Shelved for the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plan by Democrats to expand the Medicaid program in Tennessee has died after the sponsor of the measure pulled the bill for the year.

Senate Campaign War Chests Could Swell

NASHVILLE – Legislation enabling state lawmakers to raise campaign funds during even-year session recesses evolved into a markedly different bill this week – one allowing significant contribution increases for Senate candidates.

GOP Happy to ‘Wait and See’ on Medicaid

Republicans say ho, Democrats say go. In the wake of Trumpcare’s congressional crash, states such as Kansas and North Carolina are joining the majority of the nation in expanding Medicaid rolls.

Oral Chemo Bill Heading for House Vote as Big Pharma Watches

Despite objections to a pharmaceutical reporting requirement, a House committee passed legislation Tuesday, April 4, designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable.

Tennessee Considers Bill to Declare God as Source of Liberty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of liberties for the state's citizens.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Uncovering Beautiful Miami Beach

When LeBron James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, he made it fashionable for us all to take our talents to South Beach.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Removes Bannon from National Security Council

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the group's high-level meetings.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Death Toll in Syria Chemical Attack Rises to 86

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):

Police Arrest 7 in Wake of St. Petersburg Subway Bombing

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — As part of a sweeping hunt for any accomplices of the St. Petersburg suicide bomber, investigators Wednesday rounded up seven suspected Islamic State recruiters from the Central Asia region of the former Soviet Union but found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the subway attack.

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